All items: Milan Kundera

Knowing the writer inevitably quickens the pleasure of reading the work. Olga is an unusually complete writer; all she does is imagine, plan, plot and write.
Watching a televised report in his Kowloon bedsit of a now-notorious clash between police and striking miners was the spark which, thirty years on, inspired Martyn Bedford to write a story about his upbringing in a coal-mining community.